The road to getting a Nintendo Switch

Pixel Art by Reddit user "ApostonReddit"I didn’t plan on getting a Nintendo Switch, but I’m not always right at predicting the future either. It all started when I brought out the old Gamecube and started playing Mario Kart Double Dash. While that game is fun, there’s nothing quite like the online races from Mario Kart 8 which I played on a borrowed Wii U from my nephew. And then I discovered Twitch…Read More »

Cruising around with Yahoo Car Navi

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Yahoo Car Navi or Yahoo!カーナビ , is a wonderful navigation app for those that live in Japan.  I never hear anyone talking about it and I thought people should know more about it. Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking, “We have Google Maps, why would we need anything else?” Sit down, stay a while. 🙂Read More »

The Rise and Fall of Japanese Electronic Dictionaries

Remembering Japanese Electronic DictionariesI want to reminisce about Japanese electronic dictionaries or 電子辞書 (denshi jisho). Seeing these things was pretty rare outside of Asia, or at least where I lived in the US. I don’t remember where I originally found out about them, but I really wanted one when I started looking into them online. Before I get into my experience, let’s quickly go through why these devices were/are a big deal.

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Japanese political posters: An interesting battlefield

Let's talk about Japanese political postersI’ve wanted to talk about Japanese political posters for a while now, so it’s high time I knock this one off my to-do list. I remember being in the US during election season, whether it was a local one or national one, political signs were everywhere. Mostly you could find them in people’s yards or on big billboards around town.

In Japan you’ll often see political signs for local and national politicians as well, but things might be a bit different than what is done where you live. Let’s examine some differences.Read More »

Japanese Internet: What you need to know

japanese-internet-kuropixelThe internet is a crucial component to so many people’s lives, it’s a wonder what we would do without it. One thing that surprises people when they move to Japan is the complexity of getting standard internet connectivity in their apartments or homes. Dealing with the Japanese internet system might be a little different than the way it works in your home country. Let’s take a look at some information that might help you get a better grasp on the internet situation in Japan.Read More »

Japanese car stickers and their meanings

japanese car stickers

Did you know that there is an easy way to tell the status of a Japanese driver? There are a few Japanese car stickers that have various meanings which can give you some insight into the driver in front or to the side of you. Here are the most common stickers you will see displayed on cars in Japan. Can you guess what they mean without reading the answer?

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Pizza Hut Japan goes English

pizza hut japan englishJapanese companies providing services in English alongside Japanese is not super common, but one in particular that never did was Pizza Hut Japan. You would think that the company would want to make it as easy as possible for non-Japanese customers to order pizza. I’m willing to bet that the foreign community craves/orders more pizza than the average domestic customer. I don’t have any research to back that one up, but it’s just a feeling.Read More »

The State of American Animation in Japan

american animation japanPeople around the world are most likely familiar with Japanese animation and know that it comes from Japan. Some people are really into it and others are not. Regardless, it has spread all over the world. However, let’s take a moment to think about the reverse. What about American animation in Japan? What shows are available and what do people like? You might be surprised by the results.Read More »

Learn to read Japanese signs at supermarkets

learn to read japanese signs at supermarketTrying to read Japanese signs in a Japanese supermarket / grocery store can be daunting. No matter how much you study Japanese or what books you buy, sometimes you can’t truly be prepared until you’re there.

For me, it was always inconvenient looking for things because I couldn’t read some of the signs above each aisle. Well, I went out and took photos of each sign above every aisle in an effort to help others be able to read Japanese signs in supermarkets. Check out each of the signs with Japanese readings of the kanji and translations!Read More »